City Scaling

City Scaling

 

Is it art or is it a building? Is it big or is it small? What is the desired effect of a space in a city?

If you've ever been in architecture school or seen an architecture review, you are all too familiar with the model messing. What this means is, a reviewer taking the roof off of your building, flipping it over, then turning it on a 45 degree angle and saying "this looks better." Or they rip off a piece of your model either physically or in their diction. It may seem harsh, but it is a building block - it separates you from the building. This building is not for you, it is for everyone. Architecture does not have the luxury of being ignored, therefore receiving speculation and criticism from every angle is vital to the design process. You have to look at the project objectively, put in the love and care sensitively, and then let it go.

These two “art” pieces have been taken and - through the magic of photoshop –been manipulated with the addition of people. The images are the same, the only difference is the scale of the people.

The first block box can be seen as a projection in a plaza. The lighting from the lobby of a building when hit with the sun projects this image onto the sidewalk of the city. At a larger scale, the box could be an object where people can come up and tilt it; they are in control of the projection coming from within. Or, the box could also be merely home décor - a coffee table piece clad in gold.

The second piece is slightly more elusive. Its program could be an art installation spanning four city blocks or at a larger scale, it could be the cushion of a chair.

 
Cycle Chic

Cycle Chic

The Building That Divorced Itself

The Building That Divorced Itself